Adobe Acrobat 9 adds Portfolios

Peter Cohen and Matthew JC. Powell
3 June, 2008
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Adobe Systems on Monday introduce Acrobat 9, a new version of its PDF creation software due out in July for Mac OS X and Windows. The company plans to release Acrobat 9 Pro for Mac OS X for $749, with upgrades priced at $279. Acrobat 9 Standard costs $549 or $179 for the upgrade.

Acrobat 9 will feature native support for Adobe Flash, so PDF documents — readable with Adobe Reader 9 — will be able to include Flash video and other multimedia content.

Also new in this release is support for “PDF Portfolios” — one compressed PDF file that contains multiple media types, such as documents, video, audio and 3D content. Acrobat 9 will enable users to collaborate live with one another using Adobe’s recently introduced Acrobat.com service, where users can also store and share files, use as a central area for storing forms and connect to other Adobe services like ConnectNow, Adobe’s personal web conferencing software, and Adobe Buzzword, a web-based word processor.

The "Portfolio" feature is in the Professional version, as are features such as validation for ISO standards, redaction tools to delete information securely, version tracking to compare different versions of a PDF, real-time document-sharing and pre-flight tools, as well as the ability to activate certain PDF features for Adobe Reader users such as commenting, reviewing and digitally signing PDF files. There is also a "Pro Extended" version which is only for Windows users (largely because it leverages features in certain Windows applications such as Microsoft Office that have no equivalents on the Mac).

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